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Appeal court Judge assaults RCCG Pastor, member

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The Ondo State Police Command, on Thursday, said it had commenced investigation into the alleged assault on worshipers and the pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God by a judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Folayemi Omoleye. The incident happened in Akure on Wednesday.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said the command had also interrogated the judge over the incident.

“We can confirm the incident; the DPO led a team to the scene and we have interrogated the judge. We have also commenced investigation into the matter,” he stated.

Justice Omoyele was alleged to have gone to the branch of the RCCG on the Ijapo Estate, Akure, on Wednesday and disrupted the service by recording the church’s ongoing service with her mobile phone.

Her action was said to have alarmed the church members, who challenged her for recording them, but the judge was alleged to have assaulted her challengers, including the pastors of the church.

She was said to have slapped a female worshipper and some pastors, who tried to stop her from further recording the church’s activities.

Before the incident, it was gathered that the judge had complained of disturbance caused by the noise coming from the church.

The judge’s house is said to be beside the church and she had complained that the noise from the place of worship constituted a nuisance to her, particularly whenever the church was having programmes.

It was gathered that the judge was irked that there had been no positive response to her complaints by the RCCG.

An eyewitness stated, “It was like a drama on Wednesday when the judge publicly assaulted members and pastors of the RCCG, injuring an aged woman in the process.

“She (Omoyele) came into the church and disrupted the ongoing divine encounter service by mischievously recording our programme with her phone.

“When she was asked to stop the act, out of anger, she slapped a 68-year-old woman and one of the pastors, who tried to advise her not to disrupt the church service.”

An assistant pastor in the church, Olatunde Awoyelu, confirmed the incident and described the judge’s action as strange and dishonourable by a very senior legal officer.

Confirming the incident, Pastor Idris Umar of the RCCG Region 22, Ondo, said the church had directed its lawyer to write a petition against the judge for her alleged dishonourable action of slapping the 68-year-old assistant pastor, Mrs Felicia Akindurojoye, and another parish pastor, Felix Solomon, during Wednesday’s divine encounter service.

“The woman was rushed to the Ondo State Specialists Hospital for treatment, while Solomon didn’t sustain any serious injury,” he said.

Umar said the petition would be forwarded to the National Judicial Council to investigate and punish Justice Omoleye.

Another source said it took the intervention of men of the Nigeria Police from the Ijapo Police Station to restrict the judge from further assaulting members of the church. Efforts to reach Justice Omoyele on her telephone were unsuccessful as the line did not connect.

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We lack authority to deregister political parties – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission said it lacked the constitutional power to deregister any of the existing 91 political parties in the country.

The INEC Federal Commissioner in charge of Nasarawa, Kogi and Kwara States, Malam Muhammed Haruna, made this known on Monday in Lokoja while declaring open a post-election review meeting on the last general elections.

Haruna said that the clamour by Nigerians for a reduction in the number of registered parties could only be done through an amendment of the Constitution.

He agreed that the provisions in the 1999 Constitution that state that parties must be national in outlook and have headquarters in Abuja had led to unexpected problems but explained that INEC was helpless.

The Commissioner advocated a consensus among stakeholders to resolve the issue, explaining that constitutional amendment was the only way out.

Haruna identified logistics as the major challenge the INEC encountered in the process of conducting the last general elections, saying that steps would be taken to prevent a re-occurrence.

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Lecturer queried over alleged sex scandal

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The management of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti led by the acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Olubunmi Ajayi, on Friday issued a query to a lecturer of the institution, allegedly fingered in a sex-for-marks scandal.

Head, Directorate of Information, EKSU, Bode Olofinmuagun, said this in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Saturday, adding that the institution “would not condone any act of sexual harassment in the university.”

He also said, “The attention of the management of EKSU has been drawn to a video that has gone viral on an alleged sex scandal involving one of its lecturers.

“The video allegedly fingered one Dr O. O. Aduwo of the Department of Accounting.”

He added that the institution had “as such, issued a query to the concerned lecturer to defend himself against the allegation, as a first step in the spirit of due process.

“Thereafter, a panel of investigation would be constituted to get to the root of the matter, while the findings of the panel would be made public. The general public is hereby assured that management would continue to be transparent and would not allow such a matter that could smear its good image to be swept under the carpet.”

Students alleged that the lecturer went to a female student’s residence to have sex with her in exchange for marks, unknowingly for him that other students had laid in wait at the place to embarrass him.

According to some students who preferred anonymity, the lecturer was about to begin the “immoral act” when other students appeared, dragging him out and assaulted him.

A video that had gone viral about the alleged sex scandal showed the lecturer in towel, pleading for mercy from the students who mocked and tortured him, as he struggled to resist being drawn out of the room into the public glare.

But a student said on Saturday that the incident took place in the lecturer’s house, adding that it was “a set-up”, allegedly “to teach him some bitter lessons.”

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Global Warming: Anambra students, others protest against detrimental practices

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Students of different Schools in Anambra State in partnership with Live Mother and Child initiative and Mind Savers Youth Initiative and Nigeria Coalition of Eco-Social Research (NCEHR), yesterday, protested devastating effects of climate change in Nigeria, especially in the South east.

The students were drawn from Community Secondary School Enugwu-Agidi; SUSU College, Nkpor; Lighthouse Academy, Okija, Golden Star Secondary School, Amichi, as well as Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Medical Student’s Association (COOUMSA), Awka, Anambra State.

The protesters highlighted several practices detrimental to the environment, which according to them, included: deforestation, poor waste management, use of fossil fuels that increase carbon footprint.

One of the protesters and member, Nigerian working group of Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (NWG-CCGHR), Dr. Ngozi Joe-Ikechebelu, appealed to citizens to practice greener lifestyles in order to save the planet, just as she asked government to create and implement policies that would aid in the global fight against climate change.

Ikechebelu, who addressed journalists in Onitsha, expressed joy that Nigerian students were committed to reminding the government on the state of climate emergency in the country.

She said, “The protest taking place in different countries of the world is part of the global school students’ decision to demonstrate, through an international movement, called Friday For Future (FFF).

“In Nigeria, the FFF was organised by the NWG-CCGHR which comprised of Nigerian students at the University of Victoria (UVic) and British Columbia.”

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